Access Board Webinar: "Accessible Electronic Documents: Section 508 Basic Testing Guide for Making an Accessible PDF"

Event Date: 
September 29, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT
Event Type: 

This webinar will cover testing of Portable Document Format (PDF) files for compliance with the Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires federal agencies to "develop, procure, maintain, and use" information and communication technology that is accessible to people with disabilities. Other public sector entities have also adopted Section 508 in some manner. Aside from federal contractors, the private sector is not mandated to buy and promote the use of accessible ICT products; however, it is considered an exemplary practice to do so—as well as an advantageous business strategy.

Presenters will review a draft best practices guide for baseline testing of PDF files prepared by the CIO Council's Accessible Electronic Document Community of Practice. The guide, "Harmonized Processes for Section 508 Testing: Baseline Tests for Accessible Electronic Documents—PDF Portable Document Format," establishes testing protocols to determine whether a PDF file satisfies Section 508 requirements.  This guidance, which is due to be issued soon in final form, is part of an effort to establish a uniform approach to Section 508 testing among government agencies.


• Holly Anderson, Policy Liaison for Individuals with Disabilities, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
• Crystal Jones, Management and Program Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Education
• Timothy Creagan, U.S Access Board (moderator)

Note: Registration closes 24 hours before the start of the session. Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent via email to registered individuals in advance of the session. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and Video Sign Language Interpreters are available for each session and will be broadcast via the webinar platform. A telephone option (not toll-free) for receiving audio is also available.

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which ensures access to electronic and information technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the U.S. Access Board.